Unless you happen to be an extreme IOS enthusiast, chances are you’ll have to make use of an Android device sooner or later. Whether it’s a phone, tablet, wearable or smart home device, having proper knowledge of how to set up and connect these devices will go a long way in helping you exploit their full capabilities.

And even though manufacturers are trying their absolute best to make setting up devices as self-explanatory as possible, a little extra knowledge on making your devices work better for you wouldn’t be a bad thing. Here are some tips to get you started:

Use Google

Yeah, use Google. But probably not in the way you are thinking. See, Android devices love Google. By signing into your Google account on all your devices, you can synchronize your data across the devices. Let’s say you save a password on Google Chrome on your laptop. If you sign in with your Google account on your mobile device, you’ll be able to access the saved password on your mobile’s Google Chrome. You can save your contacts to Google Cloud on one device and download them onto another device. This makes it easy for you to migrate your data from one device to another, meaning even the loss of a device wouldn’t affect your data.

Configure Your Internet

Back in the day, configuring the internet settings on a new device used to be entirely manual. You filled in the IP address, the browsing port, and the APN (Access Point Name) all by yourself. Nowadays though, your service provider will most likely do all these automatically. Still, it is a good idea to check out these configurations and make sure they are exactly what you want them to be. This is also a good point to find out how to connect your devices to your home Wifi and key in the password so you don’t have to re-enter it every time you need to connect. Connecting your device to a Wifi network is advisable while setting up as you will probably use up a lot of data.

Download Essential Apps

Depending on the brand of your device, you might need to download a few essential apps to make full use of your new device. A good example is the popular file-sharing app, Xender. Some devices come with it while you’ll need to download it on some. A file-sharing app is quite essential for file transfer between your own devices and with other people’s devices. Other essential apps could include a file-managing app, an antivirus app, and a web browser (this will most likely come with the device).

Secure Your Device

As your device will probably be the recipient and storage medium of a lot of sensitive data, it is a good idea to make sure no one can access it without your permission. Set up a pattern lock or a PIN code and make sure you are the only one who knows it. You can also set up locks on specific apps to restrict their content from anybody you give your device to.

As proud owner of a new Android tech device, you are in possession of a futuristic piece of technology that has immense capabilities. Taking time to set it up properly will help you understand your device better and enjoy its usage more. Have fun setting up your new device!